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Prof. Dr. Günter Vollmer

// studied biochemistry at the University of Tübingen, receiving his doctorate in 1984 in developmental biology at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen

// Professor Vollmer worked at a number of institutions prior to accepting the chair in Molecular Cell Physiology and Endocrinology in the Dept. of Biology, TU Dresden

// Following a two-year postdoc at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen, he established and then led – as lecturer, senior lecturer and acting Institute Director – the Molecular Endocrinology research group at the Institute for Biochemical ­Endocrinology at the University of Lübeck from 1986–1998

// From 1998–1999, he held the position of Head of the Department of Environmental Toxicology at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology in Schmallenberg

// His two research sabbaticals – at the Department of Pathology, University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC, USA (1989) and at the National Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2010) at the NIH, Bethesda MD, USA – have been especially important in shaping his career

// Since his time at Lübeck, Professor Vollmer’s research has focused on the cellular and molecular mechanisms of action of oestrogens, including naturally-occurring, plant-derived and synthetic industrial substances with oestrogen-mimicking properties

// His research interests in recent years focused on investigating the effectiveness and safety of so-called “alternative” preparations for the treatment of menopausal complaints, most of which are plant-based and available as medical plant preparations or dietary supplements

// Professor Vollmer is also keen to support the work of African researchers

// He is currently involved in projects with researchers from Cameroon, Angola, Burkina Faso and South Africa. Günter Vollmer is the author of over 150 research papers and book chapters

Contact: schmidt@succidia.de

Environmental risk factors

Environmental risk factors and developmental windows of disease and disease prevention - von Prof. Dr. Günter Vollmer

At every stage of their life – from conception to death – organisms are exposed to a multitude of environmental factors, some of which are associated with severe health risks. Current research is now attempting to clarify the significance of particularly sensitive periods of the development of organisms, known as “developmental windows of disease”. Within these windows, there is an increased chance of specific types of changes to occur which...